Justice and Public Safety Cabinet
KENTUCKY HOLDS “BREAKING THE CYCLE” SUMMIT TO INTERGENERATIONAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) and the University of Kentucky’s Drug Endangered Child Training Network partnered today in Louisville with the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to launch a three-phase initiative to address methamphetamine use and the impact of intergenerational substance abuse on the citizens of Kentucky. The summit will lay the groundwork for the planning and structure of six regional meetings to identify the core issues contributing to intergenerational substance abuse across the state.
“Kentucky is leading the nation by focusing on intergenerational substance abuse. States that undertake this level of community and statewide planning, implementation and evaluation produce significant improvements in substance abuse outcomes,” according to James E. Copple, Strategic Applications International (SAI), the facilitator for the initiative.
“No one can put a price on broken homes, domestic violence and other tragedies families are suffering in this state because of a loved one’s drug addiction,” said Governor Fletcher. “Methamphetamine devastates families and communities like no other drug. We have made it much more difficult to get the materials needed to make meth, and our proactive anti-meth education efforts have proven successful. We know we must continue to be ever vigilant in preventing the growing influence of meth from gaining a greater hold on our communities.”
“Our Drug Endangered Child Network is committed to fighting drug abuse across Kentucky and this conference will synergize substance abuse efforts from local, state, and federal levels as we work to find a common solution to this pressing issue,” said UK President Lee T. Todd, Jr. “This is the kind of conversation in which we need to be involved and is a sterling example of how we, as Kentucky’s flagship, land-grant university, are committed to creating a better Commonwealth by engaging in Kentucky’s most intrinsic problems.”
Speakers at the summit will include Carl R. Peed, Director, COPS Office; Dr. H. Westley Clark, Director, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT); Robert W. Denniston, Director of the Media Campaign, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP); and Rich Badaracco, Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge (ASAC), DEA.
In addition, ODCP and the University of Kentucky will preview their collaboration with Methpedia.org, an online resource for communities throughout the nation who are dealing with the methamphetamine epidemic. The website will serve as the central location to access information regarding methamphetamine in Kentucky. Online methamphetamine training courses developed in Kentucky will be made available nationwide through this partnership.